“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes down upon you; then you are to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, yes, even to the ends of the earth.” No sooner had he said this than he was lifted up before their eyes in a cloud which took him from their sight. Acts 1, 1-11
Our Gospel last week came from the Acts of the Apostles and gives us one version of Jesus' ascension into heaven. Jesus had appeared to his disciples as they gathered in fear following his death. When Jesus appeared to them he remind them that they were the ones chosen to carry his message to the people of the time.
One beautiful reflection I have read on this Gospel calls us to think of love and death; to reflect on the ways those who have left us in death remain with us in their love. We are asked through Jesus' ascension, and our knowledge of his love for us, to continue to take witness out into the world.
Students and staff at school have been very busy preparing for the upcoming exams and assessments. In talking with the teachers and students I have been assured that students are preparing for these in a diligent and constructive manner. For some students the stress of impending assessment can be a bit overwhelming. We have reminded students that some stress is a natural part of life and that a valuable lesson is to learn how to manage and harness stress, for others stress can become so overwhelming that it impact daily functioning. It is very important that we all look for signs of our young people not managing stress. For some this may mean a disrupted sleep or eating routine, greater time spent alone or even unusually disruptive or combative behaviour. If you have any concerns about your child's wellbeing please contact her daughter's Homeroom teacher or Year Level Leader.